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May 2020Hello Everyone!
I hope this finds each one of you and your families well!
As we well know schools are closed for the remainder of this school year. They will reopen at some point in time. With that said, there is much planning to be done for the safety and wellbeing of everyone! Our districts cannot do it without our help. Now is the time to be proactive and alert your district’s administration to include school nurse representation. The NJSSNA has done it and have met with the planning committee at the state level. It’s our turn to establish a seat at the district level.
Nancy Feldman, CSN, West Orange School District, has shared the following attachment from NASN entitled, “Interim Guidance: Role of the School Nurse in Return to School Planning”. She has found that it is an outstanding, comprehensive resource for reopening schools. Thank you Nancy for your recommendation! I could not agree more!
I hope this is helpful to all of you as we start to think about schools reopening. Things will be different for sure.
On another note, next week you will receive a communication on executive board openings and election information. Stay tuned!
Be safe! Be well!
Carol Ann Scalgione, CSN
Dear ECSNA members,
We hope this update finds you all well.
Last Thursday, we learned from Governor Murphy that schools will remain closed through at least May 15th. The NJSSNA has reported that our NJSSNA President is working with the NJDOH/NJDOE COVID-19 Taskforce and providing guidance to this Taskforce for re-entry to schools. Additionally, NASN is working with the CDC to develop guidelines for re-entry, so stay tuned for the release of these guidelines. ECSNA will be sure to forward any information we hear to that end.
"School Nurse Training and Communicable Disease Management & Investigation of COVID-19"
We were asked to share this attached video, powerpoint presentation and symptom tracker with our ECSNA members. The presentation was given by Eileen Gavin, a school nurse from Middletown, NJ. With the support of her school administration, she has been working in collaboration with her local health department by providing case management for those with signs of COVID-19.
Eileen's powerpoint presentation discusses the works she has been doing with her local health department. The powerpoint explains many aspects of COVID-19, isolation vs. quarantine, school re-entry, and resources for community members who have been tested for COVID-19.
The power-point is for reference only, as it is a piloted model, and it to be used voluntarily. Each school nurse's first priority is to their school district, under their union contracts. However, as it is based on our Nursing framework school nurse practice, Eileen feels it can be easily replicated in other communities that have a collaborative partnership with their local health departments.
Video presentation: https://youtu.
Symptom Tracker being used by Middletown School Nurses:
NJEA article: https://www.njea.org/
Stay well,Carol Scalgione and Daria Napolitano
From the NJSSNA as of 4/20/2020:Dear Colleagues,
By now I'm sure most of you are aware that Governor Murphy announced yesterday to extend state "stay at home orders" and school closures until May 15, 2020.
NJSSNA executive board has been diligently identifying the many health concerns that will need to be addressed and working on our recommendations for the needed update to the student health guidelines as it relates to COVID19 as well as the current mandates for entry K-12 . We have communicated to the NJDOE/NJDOH that school nurses across the state are working from their virtual health offices and volunteering on the front lines as well. Many school nurses are providing COVID case management for care coordination for their school communities, counties, and health departments utilizing the model developed by our Legislative Chair - Eileen Gavin.
As this health crisis continues to unfold we are in constant communication with school nurses across the state and are fielding their questions and concerns about COVID and re-entry. We are also partners with and in direct communication with NJAAP- New Jersey Academy of Pediatrics and participating every Monday for weekly COVID Q&A sessions and health related updates which is extremely helpful in our collaborative efforts in understanding the disease process and the effects on the pediatric population. Many of the members are school physicians and school nurses and this partnership is extremely valuable as we share information for student population health needs.
This being said, our association feels it is necessary to be proactive in our planning for return to school and NJSSNA will continue to participate on the sub-committee task force to ensure the appropriate health care safety for all students & school communities across the state when that time comes.
NJSSNA provides recommendations to NJDOE and various stakeholders but we will still have to wait for the directives from the NJDOE/NJDOH that will be implemented once the "green light" is given by the Governor to reopen the state & the schools. NJSSNA executive board will continue to monitor the situation and continue to collect data for recommendations from our membership for the updates to school health guidelines.
Thank you for all that you are doing from your "virtual health offices" and for volunteering on various levels during this health crisis. If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate send to our Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 609-233-2466.
Stay safe, stay well, and stay strong!
Dorian Vicente MSN, RN, CSN-NJ
President -New Jersey State School Nurses Association
From the ECSNA Executive Board: